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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stop discrimination against atheists who want to live here without taking up arms for this country

From Daily Kos;
By Paul Hogarth

Please sign our petition urging Homeland Security officials to stop requiring that atheists provide religion-based documentation in order to prove they have a moral objection to violence on their citizenship applications. Click here to sign our petition.

Margaret Doughty, a 64-year-old woman from the U.K., has lived in the United States for 30 years. During this time, she founded an organization to raise literacy rates around the country and globe. Unfortunately, now that she has applied for U.S. citizenship, the Department of Homeland Security may deny her application because she is an atheist.

On her application, Margaret declined to “take up arms to defend the United States”—due to her moral opposition to violence. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (a division of DHS) replied that only religious-based objections are valid—instructing her to submit proof of her religion on “official church stationery” by June 21––tomorrow––or they will deny her U.S. citizenship.

Please sign our petition to Homeland Security urging them to grant U.S. citizenship to Margaret Doughty, and to end their unconstitutional policy requiring that applicants provide religious-based documentation in order to prove they have a moral objection to engaging in violence.


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